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Duval County Public Schools North Shore K-8 School - Ajax Building Company
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Duval County Public Schools North Shore K-8 School

The old North Shore School was built in 1942 and was utilized as an elementary, middle, high school and full K-12 through the years. This school along with 2 other elementary schools were in disrepair and the school board decided to combine all 3 schools into one new K-8 facility. This new complex is located on the old North Shore school site. The new complex is approximately 147,000 SF and had a construction cost of $24 million. The district had no where to relocate the students of the North Shore Elementary resulting in the need to build the new facility in 3 phases. The 1st phase had to be completed over the summer and consisted of demolition of portions of old school/Media center and installing new portables for a temporary media center to utilize during construction of new complex. Phase 2 included the construction of the new school building, with the old school being situated in the middle of the site. This created some unique design opportunities to design a new complex around the old building maintaining proper separations for safety of staff/students. The new facility includes a new 1 and 2-story building that was developed around the existing elementary school campus. These new structures included administration areas, classrooms, media center facilities, food services, dining, multi-purpose and gymnasium. Phase 3 included construction of new sports complex. The project was completed in 3 phases and took a total of 24 months to complete. The site was adjacent to Andrew Jackson High School which shared some sports fields. As part of the savings generated on the project, the shared sports field were able to be completely redone into regulation Baseball and Softball fields with full lighting systems for nighttime play.

This project earned an ABC Award of Excellence.

Client

Duval County Public Schools

Location

Jacksonville, FL

SF

147,414

Architect

Song & Associates